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Best Nebraska State Parks to Visit in the Winter

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Best Nebraska State Parks to Visit in the Winter

Indian Cave State Park - courtesy of Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

The Top Choices Feature Toboggan Runs and Miles of Skiing Trails.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a 700-acre all-season park that overlooks that valley of the Platte River near Ashland. The park's Activity Center and Ice Skating Pavilion, equipped with refrigeration units, offers ice skating from November through March. When conditions are safe, ice fishing is allowed on US West Lake, and with man-made snowmaking capability, downhill sledding at Fred H. Hawkins Toboggan Runs near Riverview Lodge attracts many winter sports enthusiasts. Cross-country skiing is also popular when there is sufficient natural snowfall.

Indian Cave State Park

Indian Cave State Park is located in southeastern Nebraska and is named for the large sandstone cavity that is the main geologic feature of the area. With its picturesque and semi-rugged terrain, winter sports are becoming increasingly popular at Indian Cave. Some 16 miles of trails are marked for cross-country skiing, and the best snow cover usually occurs in January and February. Since park roads are closed during the winter, they offer some excellent sledding, as do several of the steep hillsides.

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